WEAVING WORLDS highlights the untold stories of the personalities and characters involved in the making and selling of Navajo rugs. The film presents a compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through the art of weaving in the face of increased globalization. Director BENNIE KLAIN has a keen and compassionate eye, and he allows viewers into the world of indigenous artists and their struggle to maintain pride and cultural vitality through creating their textiles and “reweaving the world.” The result is a poignant digital portrait of Navajo artisans and their unique—and often controversial—relationship with white Reservation traders.

WEAVING WORLDS is a co-production of TricksterFilms and the International Television Service (ITVS) in association with Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This documentary was made possible in part by grants from the Arizona Humanities Council and Humanities Texas, state partners of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding is provided by the University of Windsor, the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona, and Native Horizons Media Arts.


Weaving Worlds

Awards & Screenings

US Broadcast Premiere on American Public Television (APT), November 2008

Premiered at 2007 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival

Nominee - Best Documentary Feature, 2008 Native American Film Festival, San Francisco

Official Selection - 2009 Native American Film + Video Festival, NYC

Winner - Award of Commendation, American Anthropological Association (2008)

Winner - Deuxieme Prix Rigoberta Menchu, 2007 Montreal First Peoples Festival

Nominee - Best Documentary Feature, 2007 ImagineNative Film Festival, Toronto

Official Selection - 2007 Smithsonian Native Cinema Showcase, Sante Fe

Winner - Platinum Remi Award, WorldFest Houston (2007)

Work-in-Progress screening at 2006 Independent Film Project (IFP) Market, NYC

Weaving Worlds

Dir:  Bennie Klain


Documentary, DV, 56:40

Navajo & English with English Subtitles

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Photo Credits (from top):  Nancy Schiesari, Director of Photography, Weaving Worlds.


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“This well-paced film has high production values and provides an insider's view that is well worth checking out.”

John Nesbit, Old School Film Reviews  (Read the full review here).

“In his profoundly thought-provoking documentary WEAVING WORLDS, filmmaker Bennie Klain ushers us out of the stores and into the homes of the weavers, who take us on a fascinating journey into their minds, memories, hearts, and deep cultural roots.”

Austin Film Society  (Read the full review here).

Play the Navajo Language Interview with Director Bennie Klain about Weaving Worlds and Navajo Weavers Day at the Navajo Nation Museum